So here is a first for me; The photographically captured progress oftransforming one painting into another...I decided I needed to paint over someoil and enamel on canvas paintings that I thought I loved-but that were somehow too been- there-done-that ...for me.
Please excuse bad focus. In all but the last one, I didn't use a tripod. It being a rather lengthy procedure and me being in rather a hurry to get on with painting .. : (. Learnt my lesson. Won't do that again.
Well, it was quite something. I thought I was being rather random in my decision to do vases, but in hind sight I can see why -duh! It's kinda obvious.
I am still working on it-neatening up lines and areas that don't work so well. I do kind of miss my old painting-but as a fellow artist friend said to me regarding this
" It's not about the painting-it's about the process"
I have to agree - it was thoroughly good for me. I felt excited, nervous and challenged again. I also heard my inner voice
saying in a soothing way, " Don't worry-you can always paint it again
. You know how to. It wasn't some kind of fluke. It's just a couple of flowers and stuff..."
I know, shocking photography. I promise to improve. I WILL use a tripodfrom now on...
I decided at this point that it was all so busy and the emphasis was more on the Left of the painting because of that lovely shaped vase-so I added a taller one to the far Right. It took two days of mulling it over to finally make my mind up andpaint over the background reds with grey blue- to make the vases stand out more.
Anyway, so the end result here is not the final painting.
If this hadn't worked, I was planning to paint the background a solid colour
and no flowers. but I think it worked. I do miss the first painting. I had really loved the way some of the proteas came out. But anyway- so now its Vases. I like the way pieces of the previous painting
are captured now- made special by the strong shapes that hold them. I wanted to get some depth and layers to the original painting. This is what turned up. An Escher
-like trick of the eye...
Still not done. But this process sparked a quick succession of painting over paintings with see-through vessels of some kind. Will post more later.
Tell me honestly what you think. I'll be brave.